July 23, 2009
We were young once (and Dead heads too!)
Summer 1984 was the introduction of Dan Healey's digital soundboard and this AUD recording reveals a clarity and depth in the music not heard before. I'm only reviewing the 2nd set, of which I had a beautiful SBD years ago. Shakedown and Playin' and just plain pleasant to listen to. At around 5:40 into Playin', you hear the theme change and they head towards the premier performance of Mr. Fantasy. Which for a first timer is played very well. A short pre-drumz heads into drumz and at 6:35 Mickey starts playing the spacey, ethnic xylophone sounds. Sadly, in this era of 90 minute tapes, most tapers faded out at the end of the tape and didn't come back in until the end of space. Which means that the intense ending to the xylophone section, where mickey allows the sound to occilate wildly is missing. Imagine emptying the bathtub, the little twisting tornado of water at the end is how this sounded. Space melts back into Playin' and then flows into a beautifully soulful Black Peter. With Brent shining through on the organ. Bobby's guitar has a cool "jangly" tone to it through Throwing Stones and they rock into NFA. Being Flag Day, you get the US blues finale. The recording is clean and the performance is a good representation of this era. Enjoy!